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  • Literature+Fiction,  Women in Books

    Was She the “Ultimate” Spy? #AtoZChallenge

    “Know what you want and try to go beyond your own expectations….set a very high goal, one that will be difficult to achieve. Because that is an artist’s mission: to go beyond one’s limits. An artist who desires very little and achieves it has failed in life.”  ― Paulo Coelho, The Spy She may be considered to be the “ultimate” spy of all times, but in reality, not many know who the real Mata Hari was. The Spy is Coelho’s account of the accused World War 1 double Spy – Mata Hari. He places his story close to the real facts; well of course in his own style. For those who aren’t…

  • Literature+Fiction,  Women in Books

    Tale- as in The Handmaid’s tale #AtoZChallenge

    “But who can remember pain, once it’s over? All that remains of it is a shadow, not in the mind even, in the flesh. Pain marks you, but too deep to see. Out of sight, out of mind.”  ― Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale She is a Handmaid, forbidden to use her birth name. Offred as she is known must serve her master, the male member of the home she is meant to serve. The Handmaid’s Tale by the Canadian Author Margret traverses across New England, in the Republic of Gilead, and brings to the forefront women who are under subjugation in a patriarchal society. These women are denied the most basic…

  • Literature+Fiction,  Women in Books

    Sita in a New Avatar #AtoZChallenge

    “What matters is not a weapon but the woman who wields that weapon.”  -Amish Tripathi, Sita: Warrior of Mithila What do we know of Sita? She is the one who decides to be with Ram under all circumstances, as that’s what is considered her sacred duty. She is the epitome of harmony, even in the face of extreme hardships. Sita, as we know her, is always known as the wife of Ram, rather than having much of an individual identity. Amish’s Sita is an all together different women. Not typically your shy and coy bride, but she is a brave warrior. Educated, intelligent and trained in warfare, she possesses great mental…

  • Literature+Fiction,  Women in Books

    Rules and Rumi in The Forty Rules of Love #AtoZChallenge

    “Love came to Ella as suddenly and brusquely, as if a stone had been hurled from out of nowhere into the tranquil pond of her life.” ― Elif Shafak, The Forty Rules of Love The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak, is different in its own way. It’s a book that brings in Sufism, Rumi the mystic Persian poet, and Shams of Tabriz to the forefront. For a reader like me, who is seldom aware of the existence of these, the book served as a brilliant read and familiarized me with unknown facts and philosophies from the Persian land. Structured with two parallel narratives placed side by side, the book is a…

  • History, Mythology+Fantasy,  Literature+Fiction,  Women in Books

    Queen That She Was- The Twentieth Wife #AtoZChallenge

    “I wonder what it would be like to marry a prince,” Mehrunnisa said, her eyes glazing over dreamily, “and to be a princess…”   ― Indu Sundaresan, The Twentieth Wife If there is one historical novel that I absolutely loved, then it’s got to be The Twentieth Wife by Indu Sunderasan. It’s a story of one of India’s most controversial queens, Nur Jahan. Often spotted in paintings and images as the lady behind the veil, seated behind the frames of an intricately carved palace window, Nur Jahan in reality was nothing short of a wonder woman. She radiated brilliance and determination, and it is said that her love for the young prince Jahangir,…

  • Literature+Fiction,  Women in Books

    Princess- A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia #AtoZChallenge

    “I was born free, yet today I am in chains. Invisible, they were loosely draped and passed unnoticed until the age of understanding reduced my life to a narrow segment of fear. – Sultana”  ― Jean Sasson, Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia This is the story of a real princess. She is a part of the wealthy Al-Saud family from the great Arabian Peninsula. Sultana is her name adapted in the book to ensure her identity remains hidden. Born with uncountable wealth, glittering jewels and designer clothes, she has lived in mansions across continents and travelled in nothing but private jets. Surely, life for her…